These are familiar questions asked by many forward-thinking social entrepreneurs. Though the question is quite simple, the answer is often complex and influenced by many factors.
The buzz is steadily increasing about tools that measure the impact of social enterprises and standardized metrics for assessing social, economic, and environmental impact. However, there are currently no easily applicable tools for social entrepreneurs to measure their businesses in this way.
The self-assessment manual consists of some introductory remarks, eleven questionnaires from different evaluation areas for assessing your business and organization, an overall assessment.
The evaluation areas for your self-assessment are: Mission & Vision, Financial Resources, Organization, Marketing & Sales, Value Chain Integration & Networking, Innovation, Scaling, Risk Management, Ethics & Accountability, Social and Environmental Impact, and Impact Assessment.
The “empowering people. Network” (epN) is an initiative of Siemens Stiftung that promotes appropriate technological solutions for the major areas of basic supply in developing regions. It provides a ground for partnership, consultancy, research, technology transfer and entrepreneurial thinking.
Siemens Stiftung developed SAMforSE in cooperation with the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), with Prof. Wolfgang Hein and Prof. Robert Kappel, and is supported by Dr. Kerstin Humberg, expert in social business and global sustainability.